SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Judge Thomas Mountjoy has sentenced Craig Wood to death today for the first degree murder of Hailey Owens.
A jury from Platte County, Missouri found Wood guilty on November 2nd. The jury deliberated for a few hours before not reaching a verdict in the sentencing phase.
Today before making that decision the court heard arguments from both the defense and the prosecution regarding the validity of October's murder trial and the constitutionality of this sentencing process.
Missouri is one of two states that allows this kind of sentencing based solely on a judge’s decision.
It's a method the defense was outspokenly opposed to today.
The likelihood of appeals is high. Now even though that's the case, we spoke with Prosecutor's today about the possibility of appeals.
Dan Patterson told us he's confident the penalty will stand throughout the appeals process.
It was a decision he was forced to make after a jury in October failed to decide Wood's fate.
KOLR10 also spoke with the mother of Hailey Owens, Stacy Herman, a few moments ago.
Herman said this has been a very hard day for her. That is something you could see today in the courtroom.
From the moment she walked in, she seemed nervous and her emotions were clearest when Wood was sentenced.
Here is how that statement began and was read by her Attorney David Ransin:
"After three and a half years, Craig Wood finally, excuse me, got what he deserves. The death penalty. Knowing Craig Wood will never get out and never hurt another child is my satisfaction."
Herman says this is not over for her as she still plans to push for Hailey's Law in years to come.
We will have more from the prosecutors and from Hailey's mom coming up in our shows at 9 and 10 p.m.
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